Top ChoiceBar in Dubai Marina & Palm Jumeirah

Barasti

Since 1995, Barasti has grown from basic beach shack to top beach club spot for lazy days in the sand, and is often jam-packed with shiny happy party people knocking back the brewskis. There's football and rugby...

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White Dubai

White Dubai

The Dubai spawn of the Beirut original did not need long to lure local socialites with high-energy rooftop parties under the stars. International spinmeisters shower partygoers with an eclectic sound soup, from...

Top ChoiceBar in Dubai Marina & Palm Jumeirah

Lock, Stock & Barrel

Since opening in 2016, LSB has been racking up the accolades as living proof that there's room in bling-blinded Dubai for keeping-it-real party hangouts. Dressed in industrial chic, this two-level joint is the...

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Irish Village

Irish Village

This always-buzzing pub, with its Irish-main-street facade (complete with post office) and made with materials imported straight from the Emerald Isle, has been a Dubai institution since 1996. There’s Guinness...

Top ChoiceSports Bar in Downtown Dubai

Bridgewater Tavern

This happening joint has ushered the sports bar into a new era. Sure, there are the requisite big screens to catch the action, but it's packaged into an industrial-flavoured space with (mostly) rock on the...

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Bahri Bar

This chic bar drips with sultry Middle Eastern decor and has a veranda laid with Persian rugs and comfy sofas perfect for taking in magical views of the Madinat waterways and the Burj Al Arab. Daily drink deals,...

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QDs

QDs

Watch the ballet of lighted dhows floating by while sipping cocktails at this always-fun outdoor Creek-side lounge deck where carpets and cushions set an inviting mood. In summer, keep cool in an air-conditioned...

Pub in Dubai Marina & Palm Jumeirah

Tap House

This gastropub is as popular with the after-work crowd as it is with families on sunny Saturday afternoons. There are a dozen beers on tap, along with bottled European brews, tap-your-own 5L kegs and even...

Cocktail Bar in Downtown Dubai

Poppy

Enquire with the concierge where Poppy is within the hotel and he (or she) will likely respond in a whisper. It's a venue of US Michelin-starred chef David Myers, and the idea is to keep this place secretive, but...

Bar in Jumeirah

Skyview Bar

With a minimum spend of Dhs370 for cocktails and afternoon tea running at Dhs590 (Dhs720 for window seating), the tab at Burj Al Arab's Skyview Bar is as stratospheric as its lofty perch 200m above the sea. The...

Bar in Dubai Marina & Palm Jumeirah

Nola Eatery & Social House

With a huge marble-topped bar as its centrepiece and a daily happy hour (5pm to 8pm), the New Orleans–inspired Nola is popular with the after-work crowd. It’s a good-looking spot in the bowels of the Armada...

Bar in Downtown Dubai

Treehouse

Treehouse

At the top of the Taj, this luxe lair treats guests to cracking views of the Burj Khalifa, top-shelf drinks and an outdoor living room setting with potted plants, pillow-packed sofas, pink marble tables and even...

Bar in Bur Dubai

Rock Bottom Café

This been-here-forever Western expat fave has a '70s-era American roadhouse feel, with a cover band blaring out Top 40 hits and a DJ filling in the breaks with gusto. By day, it's a regular cafe serving...

Karaoke in Dubai Marina & Palm Jumeirah

Lucky Voice

This UK import features private karaoke pods where groups of six to 25 people can belt out tunes from a huge playlist without (much) fear of embarrassment. Even if you're not into singing, come for ladies'...

Bar in Dubai Marina & Palm Jumeirah

Tribeca

With metal-plated stools, palette tables and oversized artwork in a warehouse-style setting, this place works hard to channel New York but still manages to feel distinctly local. The healthy food menu pairs well...

Club in Dubai

Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE

This Ibiza-style beachside 'meet' market is one of Dubai's top day-to-night dance clubs and worth the trek out of town at weekends, especially when big-time DJs fuel the party. You're guaranteed a visually...

Irish Pub in Downtown Dubai

Fibber Magee’s

Fibber Magee’s

Been-around-forever Fibbers is an amiably scruffy morning-to-night Irish pub with Guinness and Kilkenny on tap, all-day breakfasts (including the legendary breakfast bap), plus a menu of international comfort...

Bar in Dubai Marina & Palm Jumeirah

Pure Sky Lounge

When it comes to glorious views over The Beach at JBR and Palm Jumeirah, this chic indoor-outdoor lounge is in a lofty league on the 35th floor of the beachfront Hilton. White furniture accented with turquoise...

Club in Dubai Marina & Palm Jumeirah

Secret Room

This place is exclusive with a capital E. Entry is via fingerprint recognition, and minimum spend at a table for four is Dhs5000. If you want to drive your Lamborghini in (that's right, there is one supercar spot...

Bar in Jumeirah

Folly by Nick & Scott

Folly by Nick & Scott

This sprawling multistorey venue has a woodsy interior with an open kitchen, but it's really the three bars with killer views of the Burj Al Arab that steal the show (especially the tower). It's another venture...